Flirtey and Domino’s have begun autonomous delivery of pizzas from Domino’s stores to select customer homes. Flirtey’s DRU Drone deliveries were conducted in New Zealand as part of the companies’ ongoing tests.
The two companies plan to launch pizza-by-drone deliveries – currently available to select customers – at increasing scale in the near future.
The store-to-home flights are made possible by Flirtey’s advanced autonomous technology, complex safety systems and special packaging that have all been designed to complete deliveries across a variety of weather conditions and flight paths in suburban environments.
“We are moving closer and closer to widespread store-to-door drone delivery,” says Matthew Sweeny, CEO of Flirtey. “To conduct these deliveries in an urban environment while delivering a hot, fresh pizza is a validation of our delivery system that assures Flirtey is prepared for mass market deliveries around the globe.”
The use of DRU Drone by Flirtey as a delivery method is designed to work alongside Domino’s current delivery fleet and is being fully integrated into online ordering, says Flirtey.
The Flirtey drone is constructed from carbon fiber, aluminum and 3D-printed components. The aircraft lowers its cargo via tether and has built-in safety features such as low-battery, return-to-safe-location programming and auto-return-home commands in case of low GPS signal or communication loss.